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Cupertino Electric completes installation of 1.2MW photovoltaic system in Madera, California

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 November 2012

The Energy Alternatives Division of Cupertino Electric (CEI) has completed the installation of a ground-mount and parking lot canopy-based 1.2MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Golden Valley Unified School District in Madera, California.

Employing over 4,000 solar panels the system has a combined capacity of about 1.2MW, expected to produce 1.7MWh of electricity per annum.

Commenting on the installation Golden Valley Unified School District superintendent Andy Alvarado remarked that the solar system will offset a major portion of their electricity costs.

"Our annual cost of electricity will be no greater than what we paid in the last year before we converted to solar, thanks to Cupertino Electric and project manager TerraVerde Renewable Partners," added Alvarado.

The solar system was designed and built by CEI and has been installed on canopies and a nearby land owned by the district to compensate about 80% of the district's annual electricity costs.